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Fisherman and the Turtle by Eric A. Kimmel

Fisherman and the Turtle (2008)

by Eric A. Kimmel

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this story reminded me of a similiar story I have read but it was about a fish granting wishes and this one was about a turtle. This story dives into the aztec culture and the art brings the culture to life, I really liked the buildings featured in the book. The moral of the story, that I gathered, was beware of greed. It would be very valuable and fun to read in the classroom.
  michelleripley | Mar 12, 2016 |
Part C/traditional literature

The story tells of an Aztec fisherman and his challenges of living with his greedy wife. One day he catches a magic talking green sea turtle. He asks the fisherman to spare his life in exchange for granting him a wish. The fisherman asks for a day's catch of four fish. However, his wife is not pleased and orders her husband to go back to the turtle to request for wealth. As a result, she becomes greedier and contintues to ask for more. The fisherman faces severe consequence for his wife's greediness.

The illustrator, Martha Aviles, uses Aztec art to prepare the illustrations--they are pleasing and lovely. The target audience is ages 4-8. I enjoyed reading this book because it sends a positive message to children: Sometimes it is better to be content with what you have than ask for something that will bring you happiness that is short-lived.
  ptnguyen | Jul 23, 2010 |
From the standpoint of illustrations, this was definitely my favorite folktale I read this quarter. I and a huge fan of all things turtle, and this books depiction of this lovable animal was one of my favorites I've ever seen. The book also does a fantastic job of teaching a great deal about the Aztec culture and lifestyle. It includes all the great elements of traditional literature combining magic, adventure, and important moral lessons.
  jaytuck.NW | Dec 7, 2009 |
Long ago in the days of the Aztecs a man goes out fishing. While fishing the fisherman catches a green turtle in his fish net. The turtle asked the fisherman to let him go and he will grant him a wish. The fisherman wishes for 4 fish that day, instead of the 1 or 2 he usually catches. The fisherman goes home to the wife and explains his luck. The wife is upset that the “foolish” man only asks for fish. She tells him to go back to the turtle to ask for a stone house and for his wife to be rich. The fisherman goes back to the turtle and the turtle grants the wish. The wife, not yet grateful, asks to become king. The fisherman goes to the turtle and the turtle grants the wish. Then the wife decides she would like to be a god and complains to the fisherman about it. The fisherman goes back to the turtle and asks for his wife to be god. The turtle asks what the fisherman wants and the fisherman says that he wants to go back to his hut and he wants his wife to stop asking for more. The turtle turns the wife into a statue of a god carved from stone. She got her wish to be a god and he got his wish that she stop asking for more.
Great story. The illustrations are wonderful. They are simple yet rich in color. The moral is be grateful for what you have and watch what you wish for. ( )
  jscheper | Oct 9, 2009 |
This is a book about an Aztec man who catches a turtle who ends up being a god. The turtle grants him wishes, but the man's wife is very greedy and wants way too many wishes. In the end she is turned into a god. Gods are immortalized in stone and place in Tenochtitlan! She gets what she deserves! ( )
  Brooke28 | Feb 22, 2009 |
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Avilés Junco, MarthaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grimm, Jacobsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the days of the Aztecs, a fisherman and his wife live in a hut by the sea. One day, the fisherman captures a green turtle, a god in disguise. The turtle grants him a wish in exchange for being released. The fisherman asks simply for four fishes. When h

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A retelling of the Grimm tale about the fisherman's greedy wife, set in the land of the Aztecs.

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